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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie Illustrated by Ellen Forney

2007 National Book Award Winner

Wanting to better his life, fourteen-year-old Junior, a teenager on the Spokane Indian reservation, begins attending a nearby all-white school. Regarded as a traitor by his own people, Junior struggles to make new friends as he adjusts to his new academic environment.

Based on the author's own experiences, this first young adult novel by bestselling author Sherman Alexie features poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art as it chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy attempting to break away from the life he was destined to live.  

12, 13, 14, 15
Interest Level
Grades 7 - 10
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
Comedy and Humor, Realistic Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Sherman Alexie Sherman Alexie, the acclaimed writer of adult fiction, won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for his first young adult novel.
Ellen Forney

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